Few classics are as iconic and easily recognized as the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Rarely do we come across barn find Bel Airs, but when we do they tend to be missing parts or in rough condition. Take this Bel Air Sport Coupe, which has been hiding in a barn for the past 18 years. While the body looks solid, the original drivetrain is missing and it's hard to tell what else might be gone. However, this could still be a good project and it can be found here on eBay.
While we have our concern about what might be missing, it looks like all the trim work is still place, but then again these photos were taken almost two years ago and it’s hard to say what shape it’s in now. The Bel Air came in a variety of body styles ranging from four door sedan to a sport coupe and even a two door station wagon. This car is the very sought after two door sport coupe, which doesn't have a post between the front and rear side windows.
Not only are the photos out of date, but don't show much detail either. All that's visible in the interior photos are the dash and steering wheel. While they look to be in good condition, it’s hard to tell what condition the rest of the interior is in. Hopefully its complete and salvageable, but without more photos or seeing the car in person it’s hard to say.
If we were in the market for a Bel Air Coupe, we would give this one serious thought, but we would one to inspect in person and try to find out more of its history. The fact the original engine is missing will greatly impact the value of the car, but at least the seller has a replacement 283 V8 engine and three speed transmission for it. What do you think about this Bel Air? Is it too much of a risk or would it make a solid project car? And what would you do with it? Restore it or rod it?